To seek understanding before taking action, yet to trust my instincts when action is called for. Never to avoid danger from fear, never to seek out danger for its own sake. Never to conform to fashion from fear of eccentricity, never to be eccentric from fear of conformity.
Courtesy, modesty, good manners, conformity to definite ethical standards are universal, but what constitutes courtesy, modesty, good manners, and definite ethical standards is not universal. It is instructive to know that standards differ in the most unexpected ways,franz boas
If you do not speak up when it matters, when would it matter that you speak? The opposite of courage is conformity. Even a dead fish can go with the flow.jim hightower
Perhaps I am just a hopeless rationalist, but isn't fascination as comforting as solace? Isn't nature immeasurably more interesting for its complexities and its lack of conformity to our hopes? Isn't curiosity as wondrously and fundamentally human as compassion?stephen jay gould
I didn't care too much for ballet, because you had to be more disciplined , and you sort of looked like everyone else. It required a certain kind of conformity that I didn't feel like I wanted to do.
Perhaps I am just a hopeless rationalist, but isn't fascination as comforting as solace? Isn't nature immeasurably more interesting for its complexities and its lack of conformity to our hopes? Isn't curiosity as wondrously and fundamentally human as compassion?
The best assurance any one can have of his interest in God, is doubtless the conformity of his soul to Him. When our heart is once turned into a conformity with the mind of God. when we feel our will conformed to His will, we shall then presently perceive a spirit of adoption within ourselves, teaching us to say, "Abba, Father."ralph cudworth
The race of man, while sheep in credulity, are wolves for conformity.carl van doren
The opposite for courage is not cowardice, it is conformity. Even a dead fish can go with the flow.jim hightower
That man is a creature who needs order yet yearns for change is the creative contradiction at the heart of the laws which structure his conformity and define his deviancy.freda adler
Has there ever been a society which has died of dissent? Several have died of conformity in our lifetime.jacob bronowski
The largest cultural menace in America is the conformity of the intellectual cliques which, in education as well as the arts, are out to impose upon the nation their modish fads and fallacies, and have nearly succeeded in doing so. In this cultural issue, we are, without reservations, on the side of excellence (rather than "newness") and of honest intellectual combat (rather than conformity).buckley, william f., jr.
Magic is the science and the art of causing change to occur in conformity with will .peter j. carroll
The struggle is always between the individual and his sacred right to express himself and the power structure that seeks conformity, suppression, and obedience.william o. douglas
Many people feel they are powerless to do anything effective with their lives. It takes courage to break out of the settled mold, but most find conformity more comfortable. This is why the opposite of courage in our society is not cowardice, it's conformity.rollo may
In a Society in which there is no law, and in theory no compulsion, the only arbiter of behaviour is public opinion. But public opinion, because of the tremendous urge to conformity in gregarious animals, is less tolerant than any system of law. When human beings are governed by "thou shalt not", the individual can practise a certain amount of eccentricity: when they are supposedly governed by "love" or "reason", he is under continuous pressure to make him behave and think in exactly the same way as everyone else.george orwell
These are the sensations and feelings that are gradually blunted by education, staled by custom, rejected in favor of social conformity.herbert read
Beauty is a pledge of the possible conformity between the soul and nature , and consequently a ground of faith in the supremacy of the good .george santayana
We think that a powerful and vigorous movement is impossible without differences "true conformity" is possible only in the cemetery.joseph stalin
How far should one accept the rules of the society in which one lives? To put it another way: at what point does conformity become corruption? Only by answering such questions does the conscience truly define itself.
I come here today to look across this world of threats to a world of peace. In that search we cannot expect any final triumph for new problems will always arise. We cannot expect that all nations will adopt like systems for conformity is the jailor of freedom, and the enemy of growth.
Groupthink being a coinage and, admittedly, a loaded one a working definition is in order. We are not talking about mere instinctive conformity it is, after all, a perennial failing of mankind . What we are talking about is a rationalized conformity an open, articulate philosophy which holds that group values are not only expedient but right and good as well.
The race of man, while sheep in credulity, are wolves for conformity .
conformity may not always reign in the prosperous bourgeois suburb, but it ultimately always governs.Louis Kronenberger
Today we hear a great deal about Organizational Men, Mass Culture, conformity, the Lonely Crowd, the Power Elite and its Conspiracy of Mediocrity. We forget that the very volume of this criticism is an indication that our society is still radically pluralistic. Not only are there plenty of exceptionalists who take exception to the stereotyping of the mass culture but that very string of epithets comes from a series of books that have been recent best-sellers, symptoms of a popular, living tradition of dissent from things as they are.kenneth rexroth
conformity to the world has in all ages proved the ruin of the church. It is utterly impossible to live in nearness to God, and in friendship with the world.